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1. The Development Interface By Caitlin Hicks Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2. Why Ethiopia? Ethiopia became an icon of poverty andunderdevelopment, with the financial input of NGOs counting for of the national income (Gill, 2010) 3. Akaki, Addis Ababa 4. The PartnershipEthiocare ACAACSC 5. The Development Interface: German NGO and VolunteersEthiopian NGO College Staff Students/beneficiariesHow significant are issuesof communication for the implementation of thisprogramme, and what are their repercussions? 6. What factors caused the breakdown ofthe partnership? Professional and suspicious issues regardingthe Project Manager Resources and culture (Ethiopian context) Tense environment for foreign NGOs Food shortage Poor communication channels and reluctanceto cooperate.I think Ethiocare needs to understand that government organisations in Ethiopia are not the same as Europe 7. Teachers & Other Staff ACSC is not a good place to be. Nobody is telling usanything. There were problems from both sides. Thecommunication system simply was not there. It was afrustrating time (Mahlet, ex-social worker). There is a communication gap between the two[partners] - they must seek a solution for that. Otherwisewere left peripheral. (Kirubel, ex-teacher) There have been recent signs that awareness of problemsthat occur at college have spread. It is bad for the generalatmosphere (ACA Management) They keep you in the dark, and after 30 years ofexperience I simply dont want to remain in the dark. Theatmosphere is [one of] discomfort and fear of theunknown and the only way out is to look out and breakaway. (Kirubel, ex-teacher) 8. The Students Ethiopia is home to around 5 million orphans,30% of which are due to HIV/AIDS (UNICEF, 2003) They know of their background, but they dontwant to be reminded of it. They feel like it is theirfault they are being helped by another person.They feel guilty, but cant do anything about it(Seble Teacher) One student explained how she suffers theburden of guilt and that independency is herdaily dream 9. Stupid Words Other staff, they were using stupid words. I dont expect thistreatment from any human beings. I know I am poor, but Ibelieve I will be better. I dont want to hear I am worthless. I understand they have to say disadvantaged backgrounds. ButI am a student, not a street girl In order to get support, (by introducing us), they have beenusing some intolerable words. I have learned patience. In order to continue my education, Ihave to tolerate others while they are insulting me. They know us as stray girls without families. Thats shamefulfor me I am proud myself and by my college. It helps me to get mygoals. But sometimes this organization talks about us like weare street girls and says what we are not. This make our societyto have a bad impression of us and they say a taboo word usthat makes us ashamed. 10. NGO leaders, believing so passionatelyin their cause sometimes find it hard tolearn from, or co-operate with otherswho have different ideas about how toreach the same goals - (Guest, 2001)This certainly characterizes the development interface,but I also argue that difficulties to co-operate can stiflewhat the NGO leaders were initially passionate about,and why they were created in the first place helping their beneficiaries.